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Intervarsity Campaign for Abolishing the Colonial Chancellor System

  • Wing-Wah LawEmail author
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Part of the Governance and Citizenship in Asia book series (GOCIA)

Abstract

This chapter turns to another significant post-Occupy Central issue concerning politics and university governance—the intervarsity campaign for ending the role of the Beijing-appointed HKSARCE as ex-officio chancellor of all public universities in Hong Kong. The chapter shows that the student- and staff-initiated intervarsity abolition movement extended their pursuit of greater democracy from the political arena to higher education. Staff and students questioned the HKSARCE’s dual roles as city head and university chancellor, his/her unchecked appointment power, his/her appointees’ ties to local and central authorities, and the dominance of external members in council membership across public universities. While they used different strategies to force university councils and the government to review the HKSARCE’s role in university governance and amend university ordinances, the universities remained highly reluctant to change the chancellor system and the managerial model of governance dominated by external members.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of Hong KongHong KongChina

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